BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Inspiring Pictures for Writers – create a compelling character

What does his voice sound like? What does he say he wants? What does he really want? What doesn’t he want anyone else to know about him? This outstanding self-portrait … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 4 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – the essence of a Mediterranean day

Hard to believe that a simple study of such an ordinary subject can capture the warmth of a Mediterranean day…It’s by the American painter John Singer Sargent and the staircase … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – Anne McGill’s atmospheric world

I don’t know the Northern Ireland artist Anne McGill but I have a print of one of works on my living room wall and every time I look at it … Continue reading

January 6, 2017 · 4 Comments

Inspiring pictures for writers – a glorious townscape at sunset

This by Ian Scott Massie who began painting professionally while a student in Durham in the 1970s. He often combines watercolour with unlikely materials such as Indian ink and wax. … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · 4 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers over the holidays: BOXING DAY *

Another painting by the Dutch artist Marius van Dokkum (see the Eve of Christmas Eve). This time he has captured the essence of a family gathering…. *Also known as St … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Pictures for Writers: CHRISTMAS DAY

I made a rod for my own back when I decided to post an ‘inspirational’ picture for Christmas Day. After 10 minutes of research I was determined not to post … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring pictures for Writers over the holidays: CHRISTMAS EVE

I don’t have to say anything, do I? An image to get your synapses snapping if you’re not cooking tomorrow…if you are, just store it away for another time. Adrian … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – layers upon layers

I chose this drawing because I thought it somehow captured what writers often try to do, write from the inside…I am reluctant to say more because it’s not for me … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Inspiring pictures for Writers – Everyday Superhero by Eric Bowman

She’s real, isn’t she? And strong. And deserves to be the star of her own story. Eric Bowman is a self-taught artist from California who was a surfboard airbrush technician … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – the Northern Irish coast

This is a painting of Murlough Bay in County Antrim, which is known for both its beauty and its isolation. The artist is Bernadette Breen, a contemporary Nortnern Irish landscape … Continue reading

December 2, 2016 · 5 Comments

Inspiring pictures for writers – breakfast by Bertha Leonard

I love the detail of the table (what’s going on with the sugar bowl?) and the background. At first sight it seems to be a conventional domestic interior until you … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 3 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – Rembrandt’s The Jewish Bride

I love this painting. It’s¬†possible to lose yourself in the tender and complex emotions expressed on the faces. This is only oil and pigment and egg (or whatever painters used … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Inspiring Pictures – dancers in blue

I don’t know anything about this picture. I discovered it on Pixababy, a wonderful website that allows anyone for any reason to download a photograph or illustration for free and … Continue reading

November 11, 2016 · 3 Comments